Local College Football Roundup
VMI 34, Glenville State 27
LEXINGTON, Va. – Virginia Military Institute jumped out to a 14-0 lead here Saturday afternoon and then held off upset-minded Division II Glenville State College for a 34-27 victory.
The Pioneers, playing in their season opener, didn’t turn the ball over and had more total yards than the 1-1 Keydets (488-458) but just couldn’t rally after getting off to a poor start.
GSC, which plays a 1 p.m. Saturday affair next week at West Liberty, was led by Rahman Lee’s game-highs of 23 carries and 146 yards rushing.
VMI took the lead for good midway through the opening quarter when Eric Kordenbrock his James Rogers on an 8-yard TD strike. Kordenbrock completed 23 of 30 passes for 314 yards. The Pioneers trailed 14-0 after Kordenbrock connected with Mario Thompson from 38 yards out just 35 seconds into the second period.
Steffen Colon, who was inserted at quarterback for the G-men after expected starter Justin Feagin and No. 1 wideout Orlandus Harris weren’t cleared by the NCAA, scored from the 1 to cut the deficit in half. However, Kordenbrock answered that with a 1-yard plunge with 55 ticks left before the break as GSC found itself down 21-7.
Kordenbrock threw his third scoring strike just 1:20 into the second half and it looked like the route was on after Derrick Ziglar hit paydirt on the 56-yard play.
Colon, who hit 22 of 38 passes for 310 yards, answered that less than 2 minutes later via a 24-yard TD pass to Delvon Purvis. After Lee rambled 51 yards for a score, GSC only trailed 27-21 with 1:33 left in the third.
VMI got a fourth TD pass from Kordenbrock when he hooked up with Bradley Hann from 10 yards out early in the fourth. Lee’s 36-yard touchdown catch from Colon with 6:48 left was the final score of the afternoon.
Ziglar rushed for 109 yards on 13 attempts and also had a team-high 78 yards receiving.
The Pioneers were led in the receiving department by Purvis (7-82) and tight end Jake Harper (4-75).
HUNTINGTON -Running back Steward Butler rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries here Saturday night to lead Marshall to a 55-0 rout of visiting Gardner-Webb at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The Thundering Herd (2-0) put on a dominating performance, scoring 34 first-half points . Steward gave MU all the points it would need when scored from 9 yards out just three minutes and 49 seconds after the opening kickoff. He followed that up with a 46-yard TD run with 5:32 left in the opening stanza for a 14-0 Marshall lead.
The second period saw Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato score on an 8-yard run, kicker Justin Haig boot a pair of field goals and Monterius Lovett return an interception 70 yards for a back-breaking score.
Cato, who completd 16 of his 28 passes, threw his only TD of the game to Tommy Shuler to open the second-half scoring with 12:32 left in the third quarter. That TD was followed by Butler’s third, a 13-yard run with 7:19 left in the period.
With Marshall leading 55-0 after three quarters, coach Doc Holliday emptied his bench.
The Herd will take a 2-0 mark to Peden Stadium next Saturday where it will meet 1-1 Ohio University at 7 p.m.
North Texas 21
ATHENS-The Ohio University football team (1-1) used two fourth-quarter field goals from sophomore kicker Matt Green to surge past visiting North Texas, 27-21, in the Bobcats’ home opener Saturday evening in Peden Stadium.
With the score knotted at 21 with 12:51 to go in the game, the Bobcats put together lengthy drives of 55 and 62 yards to set up field goals of 40 and 22 yards to give Ohio the lead. An interception from senior safety Xavier Hughes sealed the victory for Ohio with 1:02 left in the game.
Junior wide receiver Chase Cochran posted a game-high 103 receiving yards on six catches, including a touchdown grab, to lead the Ohio offense, while senior tailback Ryan Boykin rushed for 93 yards on 19 carries and hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass to pace the `Cats rushing attack.
Senior tailback Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) added 84 yards on 14 carries, while senior wideout Donte Foster grabbed six passes for 59 yards. Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw for 239 yards and two scores and completed 63 percent (19-30) of his passes on the night.
Sophomore corner Jovon Johnson (Solon, Ohio) led the Bobcat defense after returning an interception for a touchdown and recovering a fumble in the first half. Junior safety Josh Kristoff compiled a team-high 10 tackles for Ohio.
The `Cats held a 442-299 edge in total yards for the contest, including a 203-104 edge on the ground. Ohio also won the turnover battle (+1) against the Mean Green.